8 steps to guarantee adorable toddler portraits!

Friday, June 15, 2012

when you're photographing a toddler, in this case a new 3 year old, it's important to follow several steps to ensure adorable portraits. 

step 1) make sure your subject is well rested.  preferably a nap an hour or two prior to the shoot, that way you don't end up with this scene on your way to the location:
adorable toddler piortraits
 step 2) include your subject in the selection of what to wear, props, etc.  in this case, I steered Avery toward a new dress Grandma gave her for her birthday.   then I let her pick out coordinating balloons and candy!
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
 step 3) be aware of your subjects mood and strike while the iron is hot.  here, we came out of Cracker Barrel with a happy girl.  i popped her up on this barrel and took some shots hoping the good mood lasted until we made it to downtown.
adorable toddler portraits
 step 4) keep it fun!  even if your subject isn't feelin' it.  here, Avery wasn't so sure we were having fun.  but i kept jumping around like a mad woman having a party all to herself. 
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
Add caption
 slowly, but surely, she decided i was funny and decided to give me smile!
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
 step 5) have a backup plan.  i was pretty sure the balloons wouldn't make it through our whole shoot.  Avery refused to let me tie them to her wrist, and inevitably they escaped. 
adorable toddler portraits

with a little more crazy dancing and singing, i was able to convince little A, that balloons were meant to be free. 
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
 that's when we introduced the lollipop!
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
 step 6) document the age.  i love holding fingers up, but have also used wood, or paper  numbers.  it's always nice to have the child proudly show how old they are!
adorable toddler portraits
 step 7) know when to quit.  by the time we rounded the corner to location 2, i knew Avery was done.  i snapped off a few more smiley shots and then told her she was done.  i think that's when the real smiles started.  we went out to a nice mother/daughter dinner, and a memory was made. 
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
 step 8) don't forget all those cute little details!
adorable toddler portraits

adorable toddler portraits
following these steps is a surefire way to keep a toddler looking adorable during a portrait session!

1 comment:

  1. these photos look so so beautiful. really really nicely taken photographs.

    ReplyDelete